Famous faces support auction appeal
PUBLISHED: 11:29 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013
Over 200 people gathered at the Reading Blue Coat School for an auction in aid of the St. Andrew's tower appeal in Sonning.
Over 200 people gathered at the Reading Blue Coat School for an auction in aid of the St. Andrews tower appeal in Sonning after a new roof and repair work resulted in a bill for 54,000. Main auctioneer, and vicar of the parish, the Rev Jamie Taylor, was joined by guest auctioneers Sir Michael Parkinson, the Home Secretary, Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan.
Lots on offer included tea at the vicarage with Ann Widdecombe, lunch at the Commons with Theresa May MP, the Vicar as a dinner party waiter, holidays in Spain and Cornwall and a box for 12 at Ascot. The final total was 24,000. Mr Taylor said: This is the first time such an occasion has been tried in the parish. We are all thrilled with this wonderful result, especially because many of the guests were not from our church community, but who nevertheless wanted to support and preserve the fabric of our large, beautiful and very expensive building.